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Thread #79184   Message #1434782
Posted By: Rapparee
14-Mar-05 - 06:44 PM
Thread Name: BS: the people who make the corned beef
Subject: RE: BS: the people who make the corned beef
I've always understood that the Irish-American "tradition" of corned beef and cabbage came from the fact that these were cheap foods used to feed those who worked on the railroads and canals -- the owners weren't into spending much on their workers. Toss in a couple potatoes, and maybe an onion. All cheap and filling foods, especially if you grew your own vegetables.

As for true Irish cuisine -- well, my visits to Ireland have ALWAYS added weight to my frame, and not from the drink! Delicious food, well prepared and well presented. I remember one dish my wife had, at the "Half Door" in Dingle -- a single pear stuffed with lobster and topped with a lovely white sauce (no, I don't know what kind of sauce, except that it was white in color). I had trout with blackberries, myself....

Quail Veronique at Snaffle's in Dublin, salmon and prawns in Kenmare, smoked salmon in Kinsale, a mussel stew at a pub in Skibbereen...dear God, I'm making myself hungry...Irish coffee at the Great Southern in Killarney...I gotta stop.